Dial "M" for "Millennials."
It's like, you know, in 2016, most people are just zombies anyway, right? Like...who can tell the difference? Makes you think, huh?Read More
Alamo Drafthouse has brought Friday Night Light's Coach Taylor out of retirement for an anti-using-your-phone-at-the-movies PSA.Read More
When people ask me why I own such an old cellphone, I tell them that I choose to because, as a feminist, I am always striving to be more conscientious of how my actions impact others. [Trigger Warning for brief discussion of rape.]Read More
Because when a company dares you to break their phone, you accept that challenge.
We all have a pretty good idea of what we should and shouldn't do with our phones. After all, they're fragile -- right? While most phones crack and break at the slightest nudge, the Sonim XP5560 Bolt is built to take a beating. We know, because Sonim sent us one and asked us to try to break it.Read More
In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission has officially decided to consider lifting the ban on cellphones in airplanes, citing that there's no technical reason for their use to be impermissible. So prepare yourselves now, folks -- one day, you might have to listen to somebody's entire phone conversation while in flight. Whee.Read More
The Future Is Now!
Have you ever worn a Christmas sweater and thought, "You know what would make this better? A slot for my cell phone to broadcast themed graphics from my chest. No? Well here's a thing for that. And make sure you watch through to the end. You can purchase these "Digital Dudz" at MorphSuits.com. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?Read More
BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE
Get your best "break me offa piece of that" jokes out now before they get old.
Android's latest operating system, 4.4, has finally been given a name: KitKat. Yeah, like the candy bar. What is up with really weird technology names lately? First Nintendo puts out the 2Ds and now this?Read More
Jersey strong! And easily distracted!
Everybody knows you shouldn't text while you're driving. But what if you text while somebody else is driving? According to an appeals court in New Jersey, if you text somebody and they get in a car accident, it's legally your fault. You know, because you're not going to be putting enough blame on yourself if your friend gets in a car crash over a dumb text you send.Read More
If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time
“When we started Google 15 years ago,” Brin says, “my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn’t have to search query at all.” But for now, we get information by disconnecting from other people, looking down into our smartphone. Brin asks: “Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people?” Is the future of connection just people walking around hunched up, looking down, rubbing a featureless piece of glass? In an intimate moment, he says, “It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?” - Taken from the TED Blog post quoting Google's Sergey Brin on why Google Glass is totes better than a smartphone. Either that word does not mean what Brin thinks it means or he has a really bizarre outlook on technology. Dear Brin, if you truly believe your masculinity is threatened by swiping a cell phone screen, we have a few GIFs we think you should see.Read More
Cell phone cases have become quite the personal statement, haven't they? Whether you're looking for form, fashion, or function, there's something out there for everyone. Just the other day we showed you some DC and Marvel character cases but today we bring you something very...different. Designer Elliot Gorham of Noddy Boffin has created the perfect iPhone case for people who are really, really into lobster. Practical? Not in the least. You can barely use any of the functions of the phone while the case is on so this is purely a fashion statement, or maybe a culinary one. Let's not stop here, let's push the boundaries further. I'll take a life-size kangaroo case, please. (via Mashable) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?Read More
Winter Is Coming
Almost Totally Excellent
It seems like not that long ago that smartphones were the exception rather than the rule. In fact, chances are that most of you can remember a time before you could just assume everyone had a mobile phone of any kind. That's probably because that wasn't too long ago. As it turns out, smartphones -- specifically -- are on track to being the most quickly adopted tech in the history of tech.Read More
Today in things that make us scream incoherently
A Series of Fallopian Tubes
There is a $19 dollar a month, unlimited talk, text, and data cellphone plan. Seriously, this is for real. The plan is offered by Republic Wireless and seems to be everything it claims to be, with a few sensible caveats, but hey, it's $19 dollars a month. It would be sketchy if there weren't any caveats. The plan was only announced last week, to much jaw-dropping, and now it really exists. It seems that the magic is all made possible by Wi-Fi being used in an exceedingly intelligent way.Read More
The debate about whether cellphones cause cancer has gone back and forth as conflicting studies are released on the topic. Indeed, things looked decidedly grim when the World Health Organization declared that the matter warranted further investigation. Now, a massive Danish study encompassing hundreds of thousands of subjects over 15 years has found no link between mobile phones and instances of cancer. The study used the medical records of some 360,000 cellphone-using Danes over the course of 15 years -- roughly the point when cellphones were introduced to Denmark. The researchers compared this group's incidence of cancer against the medical records of millions in a control-group. The study found no observable link between cancer and cellphone use. The study has been published on the website of the British Medical Journal.Read More
A recent California Supreme Court ruling has made it illegal for police officers to search the contents of a cellphone without first getting a search warrant. This overrules a decision last January which had, according to state Senator Mark Leno, "legalized the warrant-less search of cellphones during an arrest, regardless of whether the information on the phone is relevant to the arrest or if criminal charges are ever filed."
The new law, which the California State Assembly passed unanimously, completely turns the table on police officers' access to your digital data. Whereas your car or your house can be searched on the spot if there is probable cause, it seems that this new law means that if you want to search a cellphone, you need a warrant 100 percent of the time. To boot, it's not just cellphones, the law extends to all "portable electronic devices...capable of creating, receiving, accessing, or storing electronic data or communications."Read More
If you are anything like the average person, your cellphone might as well be attached to you. However, hard as it is to believe, there was a time when that was not the case because cellphones didn't exist. Still, its uncanny how accurately their future was portrayed in media like Star Trek and, in a bizarre sort of way, Get Smart. Then, as they became available on the market, they grew up in media alongside reality. It started with a $4,000 brick-phone, and now when we're basically back to Star Trek communicators, except they're real.
This handy infographic from Product Development Technologies illustrates all that and fills in the spots in between, when phones weren't hilariously huge or awesomely futuristic. If you have a phone, you owe it to yourself to know about it's ancestors and keep their memory alive. Also, knowing what year Barbie got a cellphone might win you a few bucks in a trivia competition or something.Read More